The Tumbler Ridge Public Library staff kicked off a new season of summer reading on June 13th. Children ranging in ages (from babies to teens) registered for the annual program which runs this year from July 3rd through to August 15th. This year?s theme is called, ?Catch the Reading Bug?. Michele Burton, librarian, said that the themes picked for each year come from the Public Library Service Branch (PLSB).
Each child registered in the program records the number of books that they read throughout the summer and reports their tally to the library. There are prize incentives which encourage children to read as many books as possible. Some of the prizes can be viewed in the display case outside the library in the Community Centre. The registrants also meet every Tuesday through to Friday at 3:00 pm to read stories, have guest readings, and explore with crafts and activities.
Just outside in the Roman Walkway, the library staff and volunteers hosted a kick-off party for children registering and other residents in the community. They provided a large blow-up jumping tent, cotton candy, and face painting.
Approximately 105 children are registered in the program for the 2007 summer season